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Aug 11, 2014

Fowler feels the sting of yet another major close call

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler achieved the rare feat of top-five finishes at all four majors this year but Sunday’s tie for third at the PGA Championship was the one that stung the most.

The 25-year-old Californian, who has triumphed just once on the PGA Tour, was hunting his first victory on golf’s biggest stage and for much of the final round at Valhalla Golf Club he was perched atop the leaderboard.

Aug 11, 2014

Second spot leaves Lefty with bitter-sweet taste

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson had bitter-sweet feelings about his second-place finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday, happy to be back in the title hunt after a disappointing season but frustrated to have fallen one stroke short at Valhalla.

The American left-hander had dueled with compatriot Rickie Fowler, Swede Henrik Stenson and eventual winner Rory McIlroy throughout Sunday’s final round before a bogey at the par-four 16th effectively ended his bid.

Aug 11, 2014

McIlroy wins PGA Championship, claims fourth major

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy recovered from a stumbling start to overcome a series of challengers and clinch his fourth major title by a shot at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

A stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, the Northern Irish world number one lost the lead but regained control after the turn, signing off with a three-under-par 68 at Valhalla Golf Club for a 16-under total of 268.

Aug 11, 2014

Golf-McIlroy wins PGA Championship by one shot

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Amid a breathtaking display of shot-making, the PGA Championship headed for a gripping finish as pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson shared the lead late in the final round on Sunday.

Northern Irishman McIlroy recovered from a stumbling start to up his game around the turn and, helped by a spectacular eagle at the par-five 10th, was two under for the day and 15 under overall with just three holes to play.

Aug 11, 2014

Golf-Rory and Lefty lead as thrilling finale looms

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Amid a breathtaking display of shot-making, the PGA Championship headed for a gripping finish as pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson shared the lead late in the final round on Sunday.

Northern Irishman McIlroy recovered from a stumbling start to up his game around the turn and, helped by a spectacular eagle at the par-five 10th, was two under for the day and 15 under overall with just three holes to play.

Aug 10, 2014

McDowell pans organizers, says Valhalla was ‘unplayable’

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell slammed PGA Championship organizers on Sunday while describing conditions as “unplayable” early on in the rain-hit final round at Valhalla Golf Club.

Roughly an inch of heavy rain swept across the par-71 course in just under two hours, eventually forcing play to be suspended before ducks began to frolic in the rivers of water that flooded some of the fairways.

Aug 10, 2014

Golf-McDowell pans organisers, says Valhalla was ‘unplayable’

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell slammed PGA Championship organisers on Sunday while describing conditions as “unplayable” early on in the rain-hit final round at Valhalla Golf Club.

Roughly an inch of heavy rain swept across the par-71 course in just under two hours, eventually forcing play to be suspended before ducks began to frolic in the rivers of water that flooded some of the fairways.

Aug 10, 2014

Golf-Play resumes after weather delay at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Aug 10 (Reuters) – PGA Championship play finally resumed at 2:44 p.m. (1844 GMT) on Sunday after a weather delay of just under two hours due to water-logged conditions in the final round.

Action was halted just before noon local time as heavy rain swept across the par-71 layout at Valhalla Golf Club, leaving rivers of water on several fairways and pools covering many greens.

Aug 10, 2014

Low scoring for early starters at wet Valhalla

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Hours before overnight leader Rory McIlroy was scheduled to tee off in the PGA Championship’s final round on Sunday, the early starters were going low at a wet, soft and receptive Valhalla Golf Club.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who set off in the first pairing of the day, birdied six of his first 13 holes before signing off with a four-under-par 67 in the year’s final major.

Aug 10, 2014

Mickelson looks to Firestone for Valhalla finish

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson has endured a disappointing season by his usual lofty standards but hopes to feed off memories of Firestone last week as he heads into Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship.

Six days ago in Ohio, the American closed with a sizzling eight-under-par 62 to tie for 15th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, a display that gave him timely momentum for the year’s final major.